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ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Heat 97, Suns 88

BEST OF LAST NIGHT: LeBron James’ toughness
It wasn’t Game 5 of the NBA Finals. It wasn’t even a game against a division rival. It was just an otherwise forgettable game in November against the Phoenix Suns and the sixth game of a six-game road trip to boot. Who’s going to remember LeBron’s “flu game” a month from now? LeBron had every reason to sit this one out—he couldn’t hold food down on Friday and only had Gatorade on Saturday—yet still he played, and played well. James finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a turnover in 41 minutes. He was the game’s leader in minutes played.

WORST OF THE NIGHT: Suns’ bigs
Luis Scola and Marcin Gortat combined for seven points and seven rebounds.

NIGHTLY NUMBER: 81.8
Chris Bosh’s field-goal percentage. Bosh was 9 of 11 from the field and led the Heat with 24 points. He also had nine rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocked shots. With Dwyane Wade either sick or injured for most of the road trip, Bosh provided a steady presence inside and averaged 20.5 points during the six-game road trip. The Heat went 4-2 on the trip and, not coincidentally, won when Bosh score at least 20 points and lost when he did not.

NIGHTLY ANALYSIS
The Heat finished 4-2 on its road trip, a success considering the injuries and illnesses the Heat has had to deal with over the last week. Dwyane Wade missed his second consecutive game on Saturday. The Heat is 17-3 in games without Wade in the lineup over the past two seasons. Wade is expected to return to action on Wednesday when the Heat plays the Bucks.

NIGHTLY NOTES
—Udonis Haslem needs one rebound to tie Alonzo Mourning for the Heat’s all-time rebounding record (4,807).
—Ray Allen did not attempt a three-point shot. It’s only happened nine times in his career (1,159 games).
—Bosh has scored at least 20 points in five games this season. He has led the Heat in scoring four times in 11 games. Bosh has led the Heat in scoring 20 times.
—Bosh’s next double-figure scoring game will be the 600th of his career.
—Mike Miller needs one steal for 500.
—Shane Battier was 4 of 8 from three-point range for 12 points. Saturday marked the first time he has scored in double figures in consecutive regular-season games for the Heat.
—Battier’s 10 three-pointers tied his high with the Heat during a two-game span during the regular season.
—A victory on Wednesday against the Bucks would tie the franchise record for best start to a season. The Heat is 8-3.

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Brilliant move by getting rid of Beasley...My Gawd he is awful. And Phoenix was dumb enough to give him a 3 year deal. Wow!

James had some SICK moves in this game. Looked like he looked back and sneezed on 3 of the Sun's players while dunking on em. That sh*t was ILL! That's how you be there for your team.

Beasley wasn't too bad when he was with the Heat. He was second in scoring behind Wade, i think he was avg like 19 points a game, which is O-K.. But ever since he left the Heat, everytime he plays against them, he SUCKS.

b-ez was a young offensive playerwhom we didnt need... he moved on and so did we... now, we have a solid hometand upon us... we should try to get as many wins as possible.. grind them out, blow them out, just win baby... watching all things heat... lets see whats going on around the league.. tbc...

When is the last time the Heat had a legit player from the draft? and dont say Norris Cole.. he's good, but he needs a couple more seasons..

supercoolbeas or god's son was a waste of space when in the Heat uniform, and hasn't done much in Minny or Phoenix either. Scoring points is NOT the VALUE ADDED stat some make it out to be.

Wade was a pretty damn good draft pick.

We've been to the last two Championships, without 'strong' picks in the draft. We'll, how do you get strong draft picks? Simple, you suck the year before during the regular season. Trading for, or signing, MATURE VETERAN PLAYERS is how Riles builds his championship teams. I like his track record of success. So when next year's draft rolls around and we all get the 'look at so-and-so's stats/highlights from Junior Varsity University' feeling, pardon me when I yawn, and we roll Ray Allen, Shane Battier, UD, Wade, and a bunch of other old heads out to defend their Chamionship.

lol yea that is true Greg,
The Heat have been to the finals back to back the past two seasons, and won one.. I just hope they can continue to build, and stay that way for a LONG LONG time.

"I just hope they can continue to build, and stay that way for a LONG LONG time."

--------------so far, so good.


We won't win the Championship title every year, but we should be competing for it annually, for a while!

well, i say, why not win it again...tbc...

I'm rollin' with the trucker on this one!!

Team chemistry is strong. Does wonders to have played together now going on 3rd year. Ira keeps harping on needing a 3rd guard for primarily defense. My gosh...don't the Heat have enough combos to take care of that ? The only thing concerning me is of course - injuries...then also a better defensive presence down low with some size to match up & combat these teams with these bigger frontlines. Obviously, Joel & Pittman are not factors ...so hopefully somebody becomes available. It'll be on my list for Santa.

congrat's bron, second week in a row... THEY CAN'T HOLD ME.... 007...

me too... i say go get millsap...

i;m just sayin....

darko milicic is leaning to leave BOSTON... im sure BOSTON would try to add their frontcourt and may look for UFA "A PLAYER TO ACCEPT MIN CONTRACT TYPE"...

so..., we need to get rid of PITTMAN or try to find takers of JOEL ANTHONY or via trade plus pick we have from SIXERS and pick up UFA KENYON MARTIN to keep him away to BOSTON..

He could make the HEAT stronger....

thoughts?

i could see a team trade that would look fair on both teams:

HEAT TRADE:
>HASLEM / JOEL ANTHONY / MIKE MILLER / +PICK

LAKERS TRADE:
>PAU GASOL / ROBERT SACRE

UTAH TRADE:
>AL JEFFERSON / ALEC BURKS

HEAT RECEIVES: AL JEFFERSON / ROBERT SACRE
LAKERS RECIEVES:HASLEM/MILLER/JOEL ANTHONY/BURKS
UTAH RECEIVES: PAU GASOL plus HEAT PICK from SIXERS

ALSO HEAT: WOULD WAIVE PITTMAN AND PICK-UP K-MART...

HEAT ROSTER:

PG CHALMERS / COLE
SG WADE / ALLEN / T.HARRIS
SF JAMES / BATTIER / JONES
PF BOSH "C" / LEWIS / K-MART
C AL JEFFERSON / HARRELLSON / SACRE/?"ODEN-BIRDMAN"

BOSH-LEWIS-KMART-BIG AL we have now a solid front-court... WE ARE NOW READY AND LOADED TO DEFEND THE TITLE...

GO HEAT>>>

Hey Rock,
What are you smoking?

@Rock,
If K-Mart came to the Heat, and both him and Lewis were at the 4 spot, Kmart would come in before Lewis, he can rebound, and play much better defense than Rashard. And I dont think the Lakers would trade their 2nd/3rd scoring option to pick up Haslem, Miller, and Joel.. Its just not beneficial from their stand point.

The only thing you said that I kinda agree with actually, is the Heat need to take a chance on Greg Oden!

Miami needs to play bigs. I'm sry guys, but Spo has to (have we heard this before) figure out a solid rotation. Not just big names to look like an all star team, but figure out what pieces fit together.

Personally I will not start D-Wade. I would have him come off the bench since he has similar skills to lebron.

Chalmers
Mike Miller
Lebron
Bosh
Anthony

Wade
Allen/Harris
Shane Battier
Haslem
Pittman (give the young gunner minutes to develop him)

I also wouldn't mind K-Mart, but Alonzo Mourning and him once almost came to blows so maybe thats what holds the heat back on this move.

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